Port St Mary RNLI launched to aid yacht
Belfast coastguard alerted Port St Mary RNLI yesterday (Saturday 29 September) at 3pm that a 35 foot yacht was in difficulty with engine problems three miles south-east of the port.
The all-weather lifeboat Gough Ritchie 2 with its volunteer crew was immediately launched to give assistance. The weather was clear at the time with a fresh North-westerly wind force 4 to 5 . The yacht Nimble with a crew of one was quickly located and escorted back to port just after 4pm.
Coxswain Mike Keggen confirmed that this was a very straightforward rescue and that the crew man was fit and well on arrival.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.